Challenging orthodoxy on both left and right, political theorist John Tomasi develops a new account of liberal justice – free market fairness – to show how limited government and the material betterment of the poor can be reconciled. In doing so, he asks the left to rethink their attitude towards private economic liberty.
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Tomasi J (2012) Free Market Fairness, New York: Princeton University Press.
Available at http://www.econ.yale.edu/smith/econ116a/keynes1.pdf: 6.
Field F (1998) ‘What, Then, Was Unthinkable?’, Crucible (London: Board for Social Responsibility): 21.
I develop this idea in Free Market Fairness and in ‘Economic Liberty and Democratic Legitimacy’, Social Philosophy and Policy, 29(1): 50–80.
Van Parijs P (2003) ‘Difference Principles’ in Freeman S (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Rawls, New York: Cambridge University Press: 200–240.
Samuel Freeman attributes a view like this to his teacher, John Rawls. See Freeman's path-breaking article ‘Capitalism in the Classical and High Liberal Traditions’, Social Philosophy and Policy, 28(2): 19–55.